Will AI Replace Doctors?
Sat, April 10, 2021

Will AI Replace Doctors?

Can AI replace doctors since a lot of tools might be able to take over tasks that previously required expert human input? / Photo Credit: sdecoret via Shutterstock


More artificial intelligence tools are being developed for the healthcare sector. These aim to improve the services in the industry such as better diagnosis and prevention of diseases. The IDx-DR is one example of an AI system aimed to help the sector. It was developed by IDx, a leading AI diagnostics company on a mission to transform the quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare worldwide. 

IDx-DR is the first AI system approved to autonomously provide diagnostic assessments without the supervision of an expert clinician. The algorithm used can produce a diagnostic interpretation for diabetic retinopathy and an associated report based on images of a patient’s eye captured by a retinal camera in only a few minutes. The great thing about this is that it doesn’t need human guidance to work.

According to Medical Device Network, an online site that covers medical technology news and in-depth analysis of the biggest stories in medical instrument innovation, healthcare tech trends, and company news, AI systems without human intervention greatly helps patients and healthcare providers. These can dramatically improve screening rates for diabetic retinopathy, and at the same time increase the chance that clinics will be able to diagnose diabetic retinopathy earlier. 

“Autonomous AI systems have a massive potential to improve healthcare productivity, lower healthcare costs, and improve accessibility and quality. As the first of its kind to be authorized for commercialization, IDx-DR provides a roadmap for the safe and responsible use of AI in medicine,” IDx founder and president Dr. Michael Abramoff said. 

However, this can be seen as a threat to human doctors since more and more devices might be able to take over tasks that previously required expert human input. This has led some people to conclude that we can have a doctor-less future as these professionals are replaced by AI.

While AI systems can be widely used in the healthcare sector, it is still farfetched to think that they will replace medical professionals. This is because no AI system can connect with patients more effectively than human doctors.